A World of Masks: Masks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific

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October 8, 2015 to February 9, 2016

This is the season of transition and transformation.  In the spirit of Halloween and Los Dias de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead, Indigo Arts presents a collection of masks from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific.  They are masks that conceal, but may also reveal the wearer behind them. Masks are agents of celebration and transcendence, of commemoration and transformation.

The exhibit includes dance, festival and ritual masks, of wood, metal and papier maché from many countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, New Guinea, Nigeria and Peru.

"The Mexican, whether young or old, criollo or mestizo, general or laborer or lawyer, seems to me to be a person who shuts himself away to protect himself: his face is a mask and so is his smile. In his harsh solitude, which is both barbed and courteous, everything serves him as a defense: silence and words, politeness and disdain, irony and resignation.... He builds a wall of indifference and remoteness between reality and himself, a wall that is no less impenetrable for being invisible. The Mexican is always remote, from the world and from other people. And also from himslf."

Octavio Paz in The Labyrinth of Solitude, 1961

Bamana Hyena Mask
SKU: afm-41

Bamana people, Mali, mid-20th cent.
Wood with oil paints
(18 1/2"h. x 7 1/2" w. x 5 3/4" d.)

$450
Moro de Carnaval Mask - Veracruz
SKU: MXM-127

Moro de Carnaval mask - Plan de Palmas, Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico, early 20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil and mineral-based paints.
6" w. x 7 1/2” h. x 4” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$450
Leon (Lion) Mask (#gtm009)
SKU: gtm009

mid-20th cent.
Wood painted with oil paints
(7 1/2" w. x 5" d. x 8 1/4" h.)

$400
Matachines Mask
SKU: mxm-112

Dance of the Matachines. El Arenal, Yahualica, Hidalgo, Mexico,
c.1950's
wood, oil and water-based paints
(6 3/4" w. x 5 3/4" d. x 8" h.)

$390
Diablo (Blue Devil) Mask (#mxm113)
SKU: mxm113

Manuel Abeiro Horta Ramos
Tocuaro, Michoacan, Mexico,
c.2014
wood, oil enamel
(8" w. x 7 1/2" d. x 9 1/2" h.)

$385
Lega Mask
SKU: afm-105

Lega people, D. R. Congo
wood w/ kaolin, mineral pigments
(17" h. x 9" w. x 4" d.)
With letter of provenance from previous owner.

$375
Moro Mask (#mxm105)
SKU: mxm-105

Puebla, Mexico,
mid-20th century
wood, oil paint
(7 1/2" w. x 51/4" d. x 8 1/4" h.)

$375
Tecuan Mask - Dance of the Tejorones
SKU: MXM-128

Tecuan Mask - Dance of the Tejorones - Cuatepec, Guerrero, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil-based paints.
6 1/4” w. x 7 3/4” h. x 3 1/2” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$375
Moro Mask
SKU: mxm-099

Carnival - Hidalgo, Mexico,
mid-20th century
wood, oil paint
(6" w. x 3 3/4" d. x 61/4" h.)

$360
Huichol artist
SKU: hcm074

Huichol people, Nayarit, Mexico, c. 1980's
Beads pressed into beeswax on wood mask
(8" w. x 2" d. x 13 1/2" h.)

$350
Igbo Mask
SKU: afm-49

Igbo people, Nigeria
wood w/ oil paint, fabric, rubber inner-tube,
(13 1/4"h. x 10 1/2"w. x 8"d.)

$325
Igbo Mask
SKU: afm-65

Igbo people, Nigeria
wood w/ mineral pigments
( 10 3/4" h. x 8" w. x 5 1/4" d.)

$325
"Negrito" Mask with Crown from  Michoacan
SKU: MXM-122

Michoacan, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint, with crown of steel, paper, string, mirror, misc. materials, with custom steel stand.
6 1/2” w. x 11”h. x 6 1/2” d., not including metal stand.
Ex. Brand collection.

$325
Mixtec Viejo Moor Mask
SKU: MXM-125

Mixtec region, Oaxaca, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint, with animal hair on skin.
6" w. x 8 1/2” h. x 3 1/4” d.
From a private collection.

$325
Diablo Mask (#mxm107)
SKU: mxm-107

Guerrero, Mexico,
mid-20th century
wood, oil paint
(9" w. x 4 1/2" d. x 10 1/4" h.)

$325
"Snake and Antelope" Janus Headcrest for Odelay Performance
SKU: AFM-104

“Snake and Antelope” 

Odelay Masquerade Headcrest

Temne people, Sierra Leone, 

20th century

wood, w/oil enamel, steel nails, fabric attachments

35" x 8" x 9"

$950
Product Status: 
Sold
Diablo con Serpientes Mask from Mexico
SKU: MXM-135

Diablo mask with three snakes, dance and state undetermined - Mexico,
early 20th century
wood, oil paint, ribbon
(14” w. x 9.5” d. x 22”h.).
Ex. Brand collection.

$650
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
Viejo Mask
SKU: MXM-078

Attributed to Victoriano Salgado Morales (1920 - 2012) Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
"maque" lacquer, wood, animal teeth
(6 3/4" w. x 5" d. x 7 1/2" h.)

 

$475
Product Status: 
Sold
Diablo Mask with Reptiles
SKU: MXM-118

Guerrero, Mexico, 20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint, animal horn, misc. materials.
21” w. x 21" h. x 12” d.
From a private collection.

$395
Product Status: 
Sold
Chivo Mask (#mxm085)
SKU: mxm-085

Carnaval de Chivos - San Bartolo, Hidalgo, Mexico,
c. 1990's
wood, oil paint, goat horn, Horse hair, ribbon, steel wire
(9" w. x 5" d. x 18" h.)

$365
Product Status: 
Sold
Maringuilla Mask (#mxm114)
SKU: mxm-114

Juan José Horta Ramos
Tocuaro, Michoacan, Mexico,
c.2014
wood, oil enamel
(7" w. x 4 1/2" d. x 8" h.)

$325
Product Status: 
Sold
Diablo Mask with Reptiles
SKU: MXM-119

Guerrero, Mexico, 20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint.
8 1/4” w. x 16 1/2" h. x 7 1/4” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$325
Product Status: 
Sold
El Pocho Dance Mask from Tabasco
SKU: MXM-131

El Pocho dance - Teposque, Tabasco, Mexico,
c. 1970's
wood, automotive oil paint,
(6" w. x 5" d. x 7 1/2" h.).
Ex. Brand collection.

 

$325
Product Status: 
Sold
Diablo Mask
SKU: MXM-076

Pastorela dance - Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
lacquer, wood, animal teeth, cow horns
(15" w. x 6 1/4" d. x 11 1/2" h.)

 

$320
Product Status: 
Sold
Diablo "Satanas" Mask
SKU: MXM0-077

Pastorela dance - Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico,
c. 1990
lacquer, wood, animal teeth, cow horns
(13" w. x 6 1/4" d. x 11" h.)

$320
Product Status: 
Sold
"Aventurero" Negrito Mask
SKU: MXM-120

Silacayopan, Oaxaca, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint, added materials.
6" w. x 6 3/4” h. x 3 1/4” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

 

$275
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
"Silaca Perro Cupido" Negrito Mask
SKU: MXM-121

Silacayopan, Oaxaca, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint, added materials.
6 1/4" w. x 7” h. x 2 3/4” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$275
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
One-eyed Man - Mexican Moor Mask
SKU: MXM-124

Veracruz(?), Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ oil paint.
6” w. x 6 1/2" h. x 5” d.
Ex. Brand collection.

$275
Product Status: 
Sold
"Maringuilla" Carnival Mask from Veracruz
SKU: MXM-116

Viejito dance, Carnival, Veracruz, Mexico,
mid-20th cent.  Originally part of pair with mask #MXM-117.
Wood painted with oil paints,w/ metal earrings
(7 3/4” w x 7 1/4” h x 4 1/4” d.)

$250
Product Status: 
Sold
Dog Mask, Bali
SKU: INDOM008

Ida Anom Suryawan - Bali, Indonesia, c.2010
Wood, leather, animal and artificial hair, inner-tube rubber, oil-based paints.
(6" w. x 5" d. x 7 1/2" h., not counting all that hair)

$245
Product Status: 
Sold
Yam Mask, Abelam people
SKU: yam07

Abelam people, Abelam area, Papua New Guinea, late 20th cent.
Woven fiber, organic pigments
(19 1/2" h. x 10 3/4" w. x 6" d.)

$225
Product Status: 
Sold
Carnival Mask
SKU: hmsk-39

Ronson Benoit (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché
(18 1/4" h. x 18 3/4" w. x 6 1/2" d.)
2010

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

$ 225
Product Status: 
Sold
Skull Mask
SKU: MXM-139

Skull mask - Unknown dance, unknown region, Mexico, mid-20th century.
Carved wood w/ wax, mineral pigments.
7" h. x 5 1/2” w. x 4” d.

$175
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: hmsk-18

Didier Civile (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché
(16 1/2" h. x 17" w. x 7 1/2" d.)
c.2007

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to Decenber, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

$ 175
Product Status: 
Sold
Legong Mask - the Heavenly Dance
SKU: INDOM023

Ida Anom Suryawan - Bali, Indonesia, 2015
Wood, inner-tube rubber, oil-based paints.
(5 1/2" w. x 3 1/2" d. x 7 3/4" h.)
 

$165
Product Status: 
Sold
Jacmel Carnival Mask
SKU: hmsk-41

Rony M. (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché
(10 1/2" h. x 10 1/2" w. x 4 1/2" d.)
2011

$ 85
Product Status: 
Sold
Balinese Mask
SKU: INDOM-025

Unknown artist - Bali, Indonesia, c.2000
Painted wood, leather with animal hair, inner-tube rubber.
(5 1/4" w. x 3” d. x 6 3/4” h.)

$60
Product Status: 
Sold
Godogan (Frog prince) Mask
SKU: INDOM-024

Unknown artist - Bali, Indonesia, c.2000
Wood, rubber, oil-based paints
(7 1/4" w. x 4 1/2" d. x 7 1/4" h.)

$60
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: hmsk-43

Onel Bazelais (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché (20" h. x 19 1/4" w. x 8 3/4" d.) 2010

This carnival mask, its face crushed under a block of concrete, commemorates 'goudou-goudou", the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010.

SOLD
Product Status: 
Sold